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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Defining Diana by Hayden Trenholm

TITLE: Defining Diana
SERIES: The Steele Chronicles, Book #1
AUTHOR: Hayden Trenholm
NARRATOR: Art Carlson
FORMAT: Unabridged Audiobook, 9 hours 45 minutes 15 seconds
GENRE: Science Fiction
IAMBIK AUDIO ISBN: 978-1926673615

FORMAT: Paperback, 282 pages
PRINT ISBN: 978-0978205201


Found naked and alone in a locked room. The beautiful woman was in perfect health - except she was dead.

It's 2043 and much has changed: nuclear war, biotechnology and all-powerful corporations have transformed the world...

Now science is taking DNA manipulation to new, unrestricted levels.

Superintendent Frank Steele is an old-fashioned cop. He commands a small, elite police unit that is handed all the bizarre and baffling cases no one else can solve. He knows the money, murders, missing persons and gruesome body shops are all connected...

He know it starts with the girl...


I received this audiobook for review from Iambik Audio through Audiobook Jukebox's Solid Gold Reviewer Program. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

This is a science-fiction novel which takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2043. In this futuristic world, there are both humans and cyborgs.

The book starts with the crime described in the synopsis: A woman is found naked and alone in a room that is locked from the inside with no apparent cause of death. Other crimes start to crop up in the city, including a bank heist and multiple homicides. Somehow, these seemingly random crimes are related, and it is up to Superintendent Frank Steele and his team to figure it out. Unfortunately, it appears that I am not as bright as Frank Steele because I remained a little lost and puzzled throughout the book! I found it difficult to keep the facts straight between each of the crimes, as well as the characters. Having said that, I still liked the book.

I enjoyed the characters, who are all flawed in some way. In Frank’s case, he is an alcoholic who longs for one of his detectives.

Trenholm writes some of the funniest quips that I have read in a long time! I love when authors inject some humour into their work.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. If my library has a copy of the second in the series, I would probably be tempted to read it to see what happens next to Frank.

This is my first narration by Art Carlson. I thought his narration was fine, although there is some white noise in the background throughout the entire reading. It is not overly bothersome, but it is something that I noticed immediately.

MY RATING: 3 stars! I liked it!

This book qualifies as:
#85 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#36 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge
#36 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge 
#18 for my 1st In a Series Challenge 2011
#1 for my The Great Canadian Book Challenge 5


  1. I've met Hayden before, and I did plan on on reading this book afterwards, even bought myself a copy. Then I read one of his short stories and wasn't too crazy about it and have still not gotten to the book. It's good to see a positive review-- it's enough for me to give it another shot. Eventually.

  2. @John Mutford: Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad that my review has intrigued you a bit :)


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